“We will never get justice for what has happened"
Ravinder Heer, aged 37, of Walsall, was found guilty of manslaughter after a young father was stabbed to death in Kingstanding in 2019.
Heer stabbed 32-year-old Dale Grice in Cooksey Lane in the early hours of September 7 and left him on the road with fatal injuries.
Police launched a murder investigation and Heer was arrested by armed officers on suspicion of murder.
Birmingham Crown Court heard that Heer knew Mr Grice and stabbed him in a drunken rage over his ex-partner.
Heer turned up drunk outside his ex-partner’s house just before 7 am that day and wanted to get inside. Mr Grice was at the address and had tried to diffuse the situation. However, Heer turned on him and stabbed him on the road.
The killer then fled in his car. He later entered a local shop and demanded alcohol from employees.
CCTV footage showed Heer arguing with shop workers just after he had stabbed the young father and crashed his car, abandoning it on a nearby road.
While in police custody, he showed no remorse as he asked officers: “Who grassed me up?”
He later admitted to being under the influence of drugs.
Mr Grice’s family paid tribute to the young father: “Dale was the most loyal, hardworking and loving son, dad, grandson and friend anyone could ever meet. Dale was the funny one in the family.
“He always had a smile on his face and his character would always bring someone out of a sad moment. He offered to do anything for anyone if they were in trouble.
“Dale always looked after his sisters by giving them money and helping them out. He would walk in the pouring rain with them.
“Dale lived for his two daughters. He will never see them smile or laugh again. They will never hear his silly jokes and he won’t get to see them grow up.
“We will never get justice for what has happened to Dale. We think we may be talking for everyone who had lost someone they have loved as much as we loved Dale.
“Dale will live on through his daughters and they will never forget how their dad loved them. We will never let his name dull. Dale Grice is one person that once met, you’ll never forget.”
Detective Inspector Jim Mahon, of West Midlands Police’s homicide team, said:
“First of all, I’d like to praise the bravery of the witnesses who gave evidence in this trial.”
“It was frightening for them, but what they provided us with proved to be crucial in piecing together the events of that fateful morning.
“Dale’s family have acted with such dignity and restraint throughout the whole trial.
“They know that Dale acted in a selfless manner and simply tried to protect a friend from suffering possessive control at the hands of an ex-partner.”
On March 12, 2020, Heer was convicted of manslaughter but was not found guilty of murder. He will be sentenced on April 3, 2020.